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We did a quick live video from the HAPPY ME: Massachusetts Retreat… Check out the vibe, the energy, the smiles… from people who only a few hours earlier were total strangers! This is a powerful process… to unlock what had been stuck…

AMERICA IS GROWING HEROES

Magnificent ButterflyMoms,

Sidenote: The book is coming along beautifully! THANK YOU to those who have been asking! It is incredibly powerful and fun to write. I cannot wait to share it with you when it’s done!

So this week I’ve been riveted by the happenings around Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who held three young women as sex slaves and a child. The entire week I fluctuated between emotional waves of everything from anger to gratitude. As I’m tuned into writing my book, I’m sensing a more focused shift on love in how I see the world. Even so, there were times, however, when I after hearing more of what Ariel had done that I got so damn pissed that love was very distant from where I was vibrating! In that abyss of the negative thinking, I did the hardest thing I could in that moment, I stepped out of the mob mentality zone of “lets string ‘em up and kill him” and simply sent him love. YUP! I did. I sent love to this man most everyone, including him, hates. It felt very weird at first, but then it felt magnificent.

Charles RamseyNow let’s talk about an authentic hero. When we think about heroes we have a certain image in our minds that may even include a cape… or at the very least bulging muscles, but Charles Ramsey blew all of that out of the water! Charles is the man who heard Amanda Barry screaming for help and helped her kick open the bottom part of the door for her and her six year old daughter to escape. If you have not seen Charles’ interviews you really should. He is the poster child for authenticity. He did not try to do anything but be himself. One of the most powerful things he said was he knew something was wrong when a pretty white girl runs into the arms of a black man she does not know. This kind of real speak is refreshing to me. I love him too because he blew up the stereotype of what a hero looks like! People can relate to Charles because you could tell he was speaking from his heart! AWESOME!

What Does 9-11 Have To Do With It?

Now all this got me thinking. For a black man in a street that everyone basically keeps to themself to “get involved”, especially with a white woman who is asking for help (and especially since at first he thought it was a domestic abuse issue), is something that almost never happens because quite honestly some people don’t want to put them selves in harms way… or at least that’s how it used to be.

ap_boston_bombing_inset_nt_130421_wgGo back a few weeks where at the Boston Marathon bombings we had three people instantly die and almost 200 injured. This was not the I-scratched-my-leg-injured. It  was the I-blew-my-leg-off-injured, yet not one more person died. Think about that! Out of all those injured and with the gravity of the injuries, not one more person died… and I know why!

It all has to do with a “little” event, we Americans like to call “9-11”, that drastically altered the way we see the world and our place in it. As soon as the second plane hit the towers people started calling their loved ones. The calls that the people on the third plane got changed our American way of thinking forever because even though they died, the passengers fought back, and in doing so created a massive shift in consciousness for our people.

september-9-11-attacks-anniversary-ground-zero-world-trade-center-pentagon-flight-93-second-airplane-wtc_39997_600x450Before 9-11, when there was a hi-jacking, the general way people acted was to be submissive and follow the orders until negotiations were done. Most times hostages would be released. 9-11 changed all that! I flew 10 days after 9-11. It was a pretty eerie feeling walking around the vacant airports with everyone on high alert. At one point while we were waiting at the gate to board, someone said out loud that if anyone was even thinking about doing anything that we would beat the shit out of them. Everyone was pretty much on board for that.

Something had shifted and from that point things were different. Below are just a few examples of catastrophic events and how heroes stepped forward to make a difference, even if it cost them their lives…

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating storms in US history. The damage hit some of our poorest Americans who had no money to rebuild. The US government and insurance companies abandoned many of the very people who needed the most help. Some people did have insurance money but contractors who had promised to do the work stole it. That is a story you hear over and over again so it was nice to hear that other contractors would simply pack their trucks full of supplies and go down to help as much as they could, and continue doing it year after year! We went down to New Orleans with our fabulous Unitarian Universalist Church after my daughter Sophia died, to help an elderly woman rebuild her home. Even though it was two years after the storm, the devastation was still immense! What struck me the most about the whole Hurricane Katrina experience is that the number of every day people, strangers, churches, groups still go down to help rebuild. They don’t get any medals or awards, or even recognition for what they do. Many have been going down every year since it happened, sometimes twice a year, to help rebuild one family at a time. Knowing this feeds my soul with such love! LOVE STRONG!

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane 2012 season as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. At least 285 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. The severe and widespread damage the storm caused in the United States, as well as its unusual merge with a frontal system, resulted in the nicknaming of the hurricane “Superstorm Sandy”. During the storm, parts of NYC were left with no electricity. There were hundreds of stories of people offering food, letting people re-charge their phones and even offering shelter. There were tons of heroes who emerged from this natural disaster, many whom we will never know about but they got their intuitive hit to serve and they answered it. Little or big, it all matters… all of it matters!

Heroes at Sandy Hook Elementary

The level of violence perpetrated on such young children ripped our hearts out. Even so there are countless examples of human beings working together for the common good. Many of these amazing women sacrificed their lives to safe others. They are true heroes of the heart. They are warriors of love in my book. Here is a small description of just a few of them.

*At the shootings at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach, lead teacher Natalie Hammond were in a meeting when they heard gunshots. Instead of hiding, these heroes rushed to the source of the sounds, and encountered and confronted the shooter. The three brave women called out “Shooter! Stay put!” which alerted their colleagues to the danger and saved their lives.Two of the women died and the other was shot several times.

*The beautiful Victoria Leigh Soto, a first grade teacher hid her children and managed to save 11 of her children. She put herself between her students and the shooter, who then fatally shot her. Six surviving children from Soto’s class and a school bus driver took refuge at a nearby home. Police found the five children she hid in the closet unharmed thanks to her bravery when they entered the classroom.

*Beautiful Anne Marie Murphy, a teacher’s aide who worked with special-needs students, shielded six-year-old beautiful Dylan Hockley with her body, trying to protect him from the bullets that killed them both.

*Teacher’s aide Rachel D’Avino, who had been employed for a week at the school to work with a special-needs student, also died trying to protect her students.

*School nurse Sally Cox, 60, hid under a desk in her office. She and the school secretary Barbara Halstead called 9-1-1 and hid in a first-aid supply closet for up to four hours.

*Custodian Rick Thorne ran through hallways, alerting classrooms.

*Other teachers, parents and even strangers helped lead children to safely. If these brave heroes had not acted, many more magnificent children and adults could have died.

boston-bombing-adrianne-haslet-davis-running-dancing-marathon-amputee-foot-loss__oPtTHE WHY

Earlier I asked why more people did not die at the Boston Marathon even though there were almost 200 very injured people. The reason is that AMERICANS are now trained to be heroes. Being a hero has entered the national psyche and is common to see heroic acts only a daily basis. We are shifting out of our by-stander mentality and into the hero mentality. When the bombs went off, every day people ran towards the injured, not away to save their own lives. The fact that these common, every day people, stepped up to the plate immediately, saved many, many more lives.

Charles-Ramsey-Caricature-Cleveland-Hero-Bearman-CartoonsWatching Charles Ramsey’s interviews helped me piece this all together. He was just a simple, every day guy, eating his burger on his day off… until he was abruptly called to serve. In America, you will see more and more examples of people answering the call to do exactly that, to serve.

When 9-11 happened people wanted to DO SOMETHING to help. Instead we were told to just go shopping. That did not sit well with us and we, Americans, of all economic levels, shapes, ages, colors and sizes are starting to really get the hang of this hero “thang”! I hope that as you read this that you are inspired to be hero to someone. Remember sometimes the best way to be a hero is to simply show up for others. It’s not always about jumping into a burning building, sometimes it’s watching someone’s kids who really needs a break or anonymously mowing someone’s lawn. So I ask you… How will you serve? Where will you put your drop of love today?

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

CALL TO ACTION…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

Charles-RamseyELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!… 

√  COACHING: For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  INTERVIEW: Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

charles-ramsey-1-600Lake Forrest 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
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To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

 

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Maria is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Can Watching THIS Movie Make A Difference?

CascaisDearest ButterflyMoms,

I’ve been resisting writing today. It is not for lack of content, but the very opposite. There is a lot going on and I want to write about it all. I start getting overwhelmed. When this happens I sit back and “ask” for guidance. The answer comes in the form of an idea “popping” into my head. If I don’t pay attention or pooh-pooh the idea that comes, it dissipates and that is a wasted opportunity. I’m getting better at listening. I love that we all have the gift of guidance.

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Cascais at night – Stunning!

So what is coming up to share with you today is something you will love! Yesterday I got invited to a movie screening in a very special Portuguese town called “Cascais”. (Sidenote #1: Cascais is a magical place! I highly recommend putting it on your bucket list. It is actually thought that the mystical lost city of Atlantis was part of Cascais! How very cool is that?!) (Sidenote #2: When you visit Cascais, there is a café/gallery called HOUSE OF WONDER which has beautiful local art and handmade & heartmade food with lots of yummy vegan/vegetarian options. It also has a killer rooftop terrace with a view of the ocean! EVERYONE who works there is simply SPECTACULAR and the FOOD IS AMAZING!)

photos of choicepoint 1I took my newly turned 9 year old, Mialotta, to this very special screening in Cascais. The name of the movie we saw is “Choice Point”. All I’m going to say is WATCH IT! From my coaching clients, I am getting the message stronger and stronger that it is more imperative than ever to clear out the drama from our lives and start living our life’s purpose. We all have one, and you will never be happier than when you are living it. Watching this movie will help… http://www.choicepointmovement.com/movie/

The AMAZING Isabel Magalhaes is running for mayor!

The AMAZING Isabel Magalhaes is running for mayor!

After the movie, the group watching the movie was introduced to someone who completely bowled me over! I love meeting those who are changing our world right before our eyes with their courage and vision. These are the people among us who are listening to their soul’s path. Her name is Isabel Magalhães. She is an attorney, like Gandhi was. Isabel is also a mother and grandmother. Early on she had a calling to run for office because she was so disheartened with how things were here in Portugal, but never answered it because of how very challenging it is to do that here. Well, a few years ago, she experienced something that changed her life forever. Isabel had a stroke and literally died for several minutes. She described to us how the whole experience gave her the incredible gift of having lost her fear. She saw what death holds and she described its magnificence to us.

Some of Isabel's supporters!

Some of Isabel’s supporters!

Isabel is now answering her calling to run for office in a way Portugal has not seen. When you see the movie, you will know the principles that each one of us can take and go out and make our world a truly better place. Isabel is running as an independent. The powers that be have already come after her. They have ransacked her office, graffitied her signs and even threatened her life, but she is unshaken and her support is growing! This is the kind of refreshing leadership that our planet needs! Our planet, the quality of our children’s future depends on what we, like Isabel, have the courage to do right now. It is sooooooo not just about paying bills!

Isabel Magalhaes 3

Isabel's campaign logo captures the movement she is creating...This is what she saw when she was in the tunnel between life and death. Amazingly this image concept is also mentioned in the movie.

Isabel’s campaign logo captures the movement she is creating…This is what she saw when she was in the tunnel between life and death. Amazingly this image concept is also mentioned in the movie.

I am personally asking you  that you go on Facebook and hit the LIKE button for Isabel’s two sites… “SerCascais” (no space) and “Isabel Magalhães” (public figure) so that the people who are bullying her know that she is well supported from all over the world! This woman wants to shake things up and this is one small way we can all make a HUGE difference! GET INSPIRED!!!!!!! (It’s contagious!)

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!…

√  REIKI 1 WORKSHOP: I’m teaching Reiki 1 in Cascais, Portugal (Feb 16 & Feb 23 10:00-2:30). Cost is only €130, includes materials, Reiki 1 certification and attunement. Class size limited and will fill up very quickly so if interested email me at maria@butterflymoms.com.de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here…http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4. See you there!!!!! Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

 

from Doug2√  COACHING: For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

 

√  INTERVIEW: Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

 

Buy a copy to feed your entrepreneurial soul!

Buy a copy to feed your entrepreneurial soul!

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

book 12BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

 

butterflies on white gownWHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Maria is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.

Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Shifting From PAIN to an AHA!!!!

Making Sure 2012 is About Nurturing the Little Girl Inside Me

AS YOU ENTER TODAY’s BLOG TAKE A DEEP CLEANSING BREATH (IN…………HOLD…………OUT……..…WIGGLE YOUR TOESIES)….GROUND YOUR SELF…. FEEL HOW VEEEEEEEERY GOOD IT FEELS TO FEEL…YESSSSSSSSSSSSS! It’s all FEEDBACK TO GET YOU BACK TO YOUR JOY…. YOUR CHOICE… Now let’s begin today’s adventure!

 

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Dearest ButterflyMoms,

I have been doing the ButterflyMoms workshops for months and months now. It is hard to believe but each one is different based on who is there. Each person adds to the “flavor” of the event, as does the day, weather, food, temperature, lighting, etc. Everything factors in to create a very unique “unfolding” each week. I have no idea why but last night’s was one of my VERY favorite. The people who showed up were present and willing to be vulnerable. Magic happens when those two things come together. It is one of most incredible feelings to watch people, especially women, especially moms, shift from pain to AHA!!!! (deep breath here!) :)!!!!

I want to feel happy and play more in the world!

It breaks my heart that I see sooooooo many women struggling with life. It is only now in my 40’s that I’ve truly started finding the “tools” that help me regulate my energy, intention, focus and flow. For soooooooo many years I kept hitting that wall of frustration, trying everything I knew to break free. No matter what I tried I just felt ICKY. Not that I did not have moments of joy, of course I did, but not like now. Now I have the most amazing experience…like going from black and white (rabbit-eared) TV to  FULL-SPECTRUM COLOR FLAT SCREEN TV…with BOSE surround sound! OH YA BABY! YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKIN’ BOUT! 😉

So the next step of my journey is leading me to do a day long workshop at one of the coolest places on earth… The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. It’s one of THE MOST magical places you can go and yet most people speed right by it and miss all it has to offer… much like we do in our life. I believe that when you stand on the side of love, wonderful things start to unfold. I am feeling this wonderfully delicious surge of energy around doing this event. It will have all of the elements you need to get happy and grounded in your life. There will be wonderfully yummy homemade vegetarians meals, incredible workshops, shamanic journeying, yoga, journaling, meditation…etc.

I Want Others To Feel Good Too...There are Soooooooo Many Princess in The World Who Have Forgotten That They are!

This year is a year of self-care for me. For too long I have been neglecting my body and my needs. To be the best ______________ (I can fill in the blank with any of the following: MAMA, DAUGHTER, WIFE, LOVER, FRIEND, SISTER, BOSS, NEIGHBOR, ENTREPRENEUR, WRITER, BUSINESS OWNER, ARTIST…) then I need to start with me FIRST. I want to be able to offer an affordable way others can have the same gift! I hope you come on this wonderful journey with me. I promise you will not regret it…unless you decide not to come! 😉

So here are the details… I’ve put them in this form so you can not only get more information so you can sign up, but also so you can take this paragraph and help spread the word… Please do. We want a wonderful mix of people there so we can create a wonderful “recipe” of flavors as we do in the weekly ButterflyMoms workshops.  Here it is…

Let's All Play and Learn Together!

ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm. To be held at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build, something so magical right under our noses. Where some of the world’s most magnificent people have been like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez, Mother Theresa…we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…There will be yoga, workshops, meditation, shamanic journeying and much more. Talk about a whole day to get your life back on track in such a fun way! The price is only $149 including all supplies, meals and workshops. There is nothing to do but SHOW UP! Space it limited so to guarantee your spot sign up now at…. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=V446L9J3TZXRA or send your check to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, 783 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

P.S. Help me support my dream… It’s been TWENTY YEARS in the making!!!! Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire is the amazing wisdom of 21 entrepreneurial moms who are passing on their knowledge to those who don’t have time for beating around the bush! We all need to make money and live our lives well NOW. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!! Please order it now and join the hundreds of happy readers before you who took the leap of faith in helping someone grow…http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

 

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

 

*Every Thursday Night we have a ButterflyMoms workshop at 783 Washington Street in Holliston, MA at 8pm that feeds your soul. They started after Maria manifested her dream…with the help of Sophia…to be a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and every week since she had done the workshop on Thursday nights.

 

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring Sophia’s soul, Maria gets up at 4:30am to write the weekly ButterflyMoms blog. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

 

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm. To be held at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build, something so magical right under our noses. Where some of the world’s most magnificent people have been like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez, Mother Theresa…we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…There will be yoga, workshops, meditation, shamanic journeying and much more. Talk about a whole day to get your life back on track in such a fun way! The price is only $149 including all supplies, meals and workshops. There is nothing to do but SHOW UP! Space it limited so to guarantee your spot sign up now at…. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=V446L9J3TZXRA or send your check to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, 783 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746.

 

√  Next ButterflyMoms Workshops is February 9 at 8pm. Come learn to feed your magnificent soul!…783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25, or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70 or drop off a check.

 

√  I have space for two more coaching clients. If you are interested send me an email maria @butterflymoms.com

 

 √  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

 

√  We sold ONE ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE book this past week in Holliston, MA to ! Please help me reach my goal of selling twenty-four more books this month.  If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  PLUS each book is personally (and lovingly) autographed.

 

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live, who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

UNITED STATES
California
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1
Connecticut
Cromwell 1

Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1
Florida
Fort Lauderdale 1

Georgia
Roswell 1
Kentucky
Louisville 1
MAINE

Biddeford 1

Maryland
Chestertown 1
Massachusetts
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2

Bolton 1
Canton 1

Framingham 1

Holliston 16 (Yet another book sold this week in Holliston. THANK YOU Tara Hathaway! YOU ROCK!)
Hudson 4
Medway 3
Millis 1

Millbury 4
North Easton 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1

Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1
Missouri
Lee’s Summit 1
New York
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1
Ohio
Dublin 1
Rhode Island
Newport 1
Vermont
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2
AUSTRIA
Wien 2
IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1
ITALY
Rome, Italy 3
JAPAN
Tokyo  1
PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1
SCOTLAND  
Greenock 1
SPAIN
Madrid 1
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*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

 

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SCOTLAND and LOVE…. BUTTERFLYMOMS-STYLE :)!

Good Morning Dearest Beautiful ButterflyMoms,
Here are this week’s ButterflyMoms updates…

*Just finished our 11th week in a row of ButterflyMoms workshops and for those who have been coming regularly we are starting to see a wonderful difference! It seems that we are always welcoming new faces too! Welcome Wendy Ryan who is a longtime reader, first time workshop attendee! :)! It was wonderful to have you there with the rest of us! Life can be easier than all the efforting we tend to do when we are all stressed out! Come join us next Thursday for our workshop on Thursday, Aug 12th at 8pm workshop! It is a truly magical, fun time! 🙂 ButterflyMoms workshops are held at 783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25 at the door or just $20 if you drop off a check or pay through Paypal… http://bit.ly/mS7c70 .  If you have been thinking about coming just do it…Come to feed your soul! You will be soooooooooooo happy you did!

YOU are a part of an AMAZING community! Sip this blog and feed your soul!

*SAVE THE DATES…

>OH YES WE ARE!!! We are having our very first ButterflyMoms retreat!!!! This time inVermont. Save the date on your calendar for the weekend of October 22! Take that Friday off so that you have even more time to yourself!!! TALK ABOUT REJUVINATING YOUR SOUL!!! WOW! More details to follow next week!

>I will be speaking at the DreamFactory Luncheon on September 22 from 11:30-2:00pm. Topic will be IGNITE YOUR BIGGEST DREAM! Will be held in Framingham at the Bella Costa restaurant (147 Cochituate Road). Lunch for first time attendees to the DreamFactory Community is $25. (and the lunch is VERY yummy!) You will be able to sign up next week! ☺!

*After 18 weeks of computer issues I have FINALLY found a computer person who knows what he is doing!!!! I’m back up on my computer so there will be NO MORE computer updates!!!

The flag of Scotland!!!

*TWO BOOKS SOLD THIS WEEK and one is to a new country! YAY SCOTLAND (one of my FAVORITE countries) IS IN DAH HOUSE!!!!!  Also another book was bought in Holliston making it our lucky 13 – (13 is the number of months that Sophia lived so it’s always a lucky number for me!) A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the beautiful Gaynor Ross Greenberg for supporting my dream…and hers!!!! See the cool list of all the countries and states where people have bought books…*To buy your very own personally autographed copy: Click here now…http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Now onto the ButterflyMoms blog…

Good Morning Beautiful ButterflyMoms!

As I go through my week many things touch my soul in a meaningful way. In doing the work I do, I constantly struggle with going back and forth with how I view the world. I grew up being taught that in this world there are GOOD people and BAD people and that our actions were either GOOD or BAD. I think this one “little” point messes people up more than anything because it opens up the possibility to start JUDGING others…and ourselves. If we are not “PERFECT” (whatever that means) than we are not worthy and we punish ourselves through lack of self-care, like not sleeping enough, not eating what will nurture our precious bodies, not moving our bodies enough…you know what I mean, right?
I went to an all-day DreamFactory Community training yesterday in Framingham. When it was almost time for lunch I asked if lunch was being brought in or if we were going out. They said that everyone brought something to share…Well, obviously I did not get that memo so I panicked! I could feel my breath become shallow and my chest feel like there was a big boulder on it. I went to the front desk and asked the wonderful receptionist if I could order something for the group. The group leader Nancy Cantor sensed my state of worry and asked me to come back into the room. Nancy said that everyone had brought enough and we could all share. She said we were all there for community and this was an exercise in doing just that.

Now I am WELL-TRAINED in the ART OF GIVING. I believe most women, especially, are,…BUT how good are YOU at the ART OF RECEIVING! Well, this simple, simple incident triggered something for me and I hate to admit it but I started crying. In that moment I felt totally UNWORTHY somehow because I was not contributing like I was taught to, even as a little girl.
Nancy asked me to look around the room and look at people’s faces and see if they looked like they were being put out or used. As I scanned the room looking into the women’s eyes, I saw nothing but LOVE and COMPASSION in their eyes and smiles. It was MAGNIFICENT to be a part of such LOVE from total strangers. It was humbling, truly humbling. With all the ICKIE news about what is happening on our planet, it can grow the FEAR and ANGER in us. Now there is a place for that but the way it is being activated there are large numbers of people who LIVE THERE! To live in fear/anger/sadness serves no one!

If you just put yourself out there with an OPEN HEART you will see that the LOVE will grow. There are no guarantees. Heartache will happen but the heartache that I have experienced gives the deeper depth to the LOVE I can hold in my heart. My intention today for myself, the gift I’m giving myself is to LOVE DEEPLY…how about you? How will you LOVE DEEPLY today?

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
🙂

PS   HEY! I CO-AUTHORED A BOOK! WOW! The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

UNITED STATES

California

Anaheim 1

Fullerton 1

Sacramento 1

San Bruno 1

Connecticut

Greenwich 1

Yalesville 1

Florida

Fort Lauderdale 1

Kentucky

Louisville 1

Maryland

Chestertown 1

Massachusetts

Ashland 2

Bolton 1

Holliston 13 (Yay Gaynor Ross Greenberg!!!! You are lucky #13!)

Hudson 4

Medway 3

North Easton 1

Sherborn 1

South Grafton 1

Watertown 1

Worcester 3

Missouri

Lee’s Summit 1

New York

Scarsdale 1

Stony Brook 1

Ohio

Dublin 1

Rhode Island

Newport 1

Vermont

Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria 2

IRELAND

Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY

Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN

Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND      (NEW COUNTRY ADDED THIS WEEK!!! YAY!!!!!!!)

Greenock          (Thank you for adding Greenock on the ButterflyMoms map! Gaynor Greenberg bought a book for her sister! YAY!)

SPAIN

Madrid 1

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Have a fabulous week!

*To buy your copy Click here now…http://bit.ly/gRxe4U


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RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES…AN AWARD!

The treasures of the universe are right under our noses. Those of us who like to travel do so because it gives us the ability to see ourselves more clearly.  When we travel to different place we get out of our routines and given the rare opportunity to travel without many of our ASSUMPTIONs and SHOULDs. We see more of our core. One of the biggest missed resources, are the people right under our noses.  We oftentimes get enamored by some big author or star but it’s those people under our noses that carry the most treasure for our hearts. The most magical ones are the ones that most people do not notice if they are moving too fast. I think you know what I mean. If you live mostly in your head you can travel at WARP 3 light speed which SEEMS pretty fast but when you live mostly in your soul you don’t need to travel anywhere because you just think it and you are already there. (SIDENOTE: Can you imagine if housework were like that – that is a working mother’s wet dream!!!!! 😉 ) 

Our beautiful ButterflyMoms... Nancy Senior

Our first "RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE AWARD" WINNER!!!

Today I would like to share with you someone who is very special to me. Someone whose heart is one of the biggest ones I know. When I first met her she intimidated me. I could not “figure” her out. That was because I was “processing” her through my head, not my heart. It is my deep honor today to nominate Nancy Ellen Senior as the very first RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE AWARD. I asked take the “boring” out of how most “bio’s” are written and write about her SELF as if her life were a roadmap. Could she share some of the points that stand out for her as major gifts/lessons/aha’s. If she could give a gift to all mothers, what would that gift be? My Beautiful ButterflyMoms, it is my deepest honor to present to you, THE Magnificent NANCY ELLEN SENIOR (sound the trumpets)!!!!!!!!!!

A BIO by Nancy Ellen Senior 🙂

I start by feeling what it feels like to be honored.  An honor with someone I love and loves me back is such a big part of my life.  It leads me right into what an honor Life is.  I have had my share of the bad, the sad and the ugly and can still say “Yes, living is an honor.”   If I didn’t have my battle scars I could still feel that this Life is an honor and that is what I most wish all Mom’s got as a gift if they don’t already have it.  Life is an Honor.  That could be all I need to say in my Bio.

I didn’t always think that in those curious times of doubt and pain.  I don’t always think it now but that is in times of being outside of my core.  I don’t travel there very often anymore.

So now there is this interesting request for a map of my life.  I am getting out my crayons and markers; rulers and scissors, oh and glue too.

Nancy as a little girl

The journey began when my Mom said yes to my Dad.  Another child?  Okay.  We will call her Nancy Ellen, sort of after her grandmother, sort of from a name I heard in the park one day.  “And well, Red, we are running out of names as we birth our 8th child.”  So my map includes 7 sisters and 3 brothers.

One of the places on my map is when I was stopped along the way because I was not encouraged and not allowed to be me.  Those you can see colored in gray.  I cut them out of my life but recently glued them back in.  It is hard to know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been.   The trick is not to stay in those gray-dingy places and that is another gift I would love to see all Mom’s open, the gift of not getting stuck in those old dank places, keep moving forward.

Next there is a place marked with sadness, sorrow, confusion, anger and a bit of black, blue and blood.  I have never been able to cut out of my Life map entirely the times when violence reigned down on me though I was able to get off that highway and change directions.  But it is like having pebbles in your tires, not doing any harm but you can hear them.  Well, I just bought myself new tires and there are no more pebbles.  I got them at the FORGIVENESS STORE. 

The place that is seemingly the most dense in my Life map is when I battled breast cancer.  My son was only 13.  I think to every Mom I don’t need to say more.  Leaving my child behind was not an option.  It was the most painful experience ever to see the fear in his young, beautiful eyes.  It was the power I needed to get us through it.

In that “forest” I found the gift of FORGIVENESS.  All these years later I am still turning pages in that book to learn what it is and what it is not.   I am giving my Self the gift every person should receive, FORGIVENESS of oneself.  This is a map separate from the others.  I am putting it in the pocket over my heart.           

The thing I most want to not have in my knapsack as I continue to travel is doubt.  The mileage I can get out my life sinks to a big low when I am carrying doubt with me.   So without doubt I submit this bio of my life.  Here is what I love to share.  We all have a map with all the places we have been.  Some of mine I ran through, I may or may not want to go back.  There are places I have no idea how I got to and places I have no idea how I got out of.  I am a silly, excited girl when I think about the places on my map I have yet to go.  I have CHOICE when I pack my AWARENESS and that allows me the power to change the roads I take and even take others with me from time to time.  So without doubt I am keeping my crayons and markers, scissors and glue, adding in a compass in case I decide (on purpose) to get “lost”.  The little girl inside of me continues to like it best when my feet are bare and whenever I get a cut, it is a gentle reminder of how I am always healing.

Nancy and some of her sisters. She is one of eight "kids"!

Nancy Ellen Senior is a full-spectrum healer who has a wonderful blog. You can receive more of Nancy’s musings and wisdom at http://frontporchhealing.com/

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS Special prayer requests go out to ELLIOTT from our blog a few weeks back who just had open heart surgery. Our good wishes and love are you with you beautiful Elliott! I hope you are reading this and know that you have made the world a better place by simply following your heart.

PPS Second special prayer request to the beautiful people of Japan, especially the mothers, who are unable to find food or water for their kids. May all of us find several moments today and for many days to send them as much LOVE LOVE LOVE as we each know how. Our heart goes out to you!!!!!!!

PPPS “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” Book sales were great last week! My friends got together and sold five more books which was AWESOME! Please take a moment today to support someone’s heart work and add a little more to your own life! It is an example of 21 women who are successful at making money their own way so they can still have time for their kids. People really love the book because it’s ACTUALLY USEFUL!! There are three ways you can buy it.

  1. Send a check for $25 to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, ButterflyMoms 783 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746. Let me know how many copies and where you want it sent.
  2. Come buy a copy at 783 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746.
  3. Order online right now…http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

The Magic of Elliott Spreads…

Good Morning Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

You’ll never guess who called me last night!? Our beautiful ELLIOTT from last week’s post! I wish I had the technology know-how to take the message from my cell’s VM and transfer it here but for now I think you will get a kick out of me transcribing what his sweet voice said…”Hello Maria this is Elliott. I just wanted to call you and tell you that I read your blog and it was a very nice blog and I was reading the comments. It was very sweet. I guess it does make a difference, you know, encounters like that. As I mentioned it makes ripples and it affects people and those people affect other people. I told my wife about it and she was very pleased. She was very, very pleased. Anyway, I hope to speak to you again and perhaps see you at Starbucks (chuckling) and continue or conversation. You take care and thank you very much, bye-bye.”

It just gives me goosebumps to hear that message again this morning. WOW! It seriously feels like touching MAGIC and the only way to touch magic is to BE PRESENT. If you chase it or try to grab it *POOF* it disappears. The blog last week was one of THE highest rated ButterflyMoms post so far. It touched a nerve in people. It contains what we all seek, L-O-V-E, True Love. To truly LOVE one needs to be fully present. In that moment, Elliott, my daughter Mialotta and I were FULLY IN THE PRESENT HAVING FUN, and that rippled to the baristas behind the counter, and then to all the ButterflyMoms who rippled it to….you let us know!

LOVE is contagious! It’s fun! Many of us  spend hours thinking about the fear of not having enough money or time but how much time do we spend being present with our LOVE. Love for and of anything around you. Many of us cannot access this without realizing this point so we, especially in AMERICA, we hoard. Oh yes we do. Someone observed to me that American garages are filled with sports equipment from every sport you can imagine but do the people really use it, well, no, not most of us but we keep the stuff because….I have been writing ButterflyMoms long enough to know that you can fill in your own answer. YOU KNOW THAT TOO! Each of us has our own answers, we just need to be in the present moment and open to hearing them. Oftentimes we pay others  A WHOLE LOT of money to either confirm what we already know or cover up what we desperately don’t want others to “find” out.

My Four Living Children in Newport for a Day Trip...Did you notice the words above Christopher's head?

Allow me to save you some time and heartache, most people, on some level, think they are either “NOT ENOUGH” or “TOO MUCH”. Some can even feel both things about different parts of their lives. 🙂 When you feel this way and you don’t address it in the present, you will live life in the LAND OF SHOULD filling it up with as much STUFF as you can to find THAT ONE THING THAT WILL FILL YOUR EMPTINESS.

The magic of Elliott has continued growing I wonder where it will take you next…

Great big honkin’ hugs sishtah- friends! (and those brothas from anotha motha who faithfully read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday! I see you!),

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

ButterflyMoms founder…YAY!

PS We BUTTERFLYMOMS have won our FIRST AWARD!!!! YAY!!!!!!!! (standing ovation!!!) We won the “IRRESISTIBLY BRILLIANT BLOG AWARD given by Rev. Melissa Bennett who writes the blog “Pen, Paper, Prayer”.This is our very first blog award and I am so thankful to Rev. Melissa for thinking of us. In the spirit of generosity, I have also been asked to confer this award upon ten blogs and authors whose work inspires and moves me. Next week I will post our top 10 list. If you have suggestions post them below so that we can promote people who are living their passions! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! FEELS AWESOME!….like touching magic 😉

PPS  It has been three weeks since my BIG DREAM got delivered to me, the book I helped write called “Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire”!!! I sold FOUR books last week which was much better and zero last week. If you have been meaning to buy yours please do right now! My goal is to sell at least 300 in 2011. The people who have read it love it. I sign every book and wrap it with lots of love! You never know what magic comes to you when you create magic for others! To order now go to http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Here is where the books have gone to ButterflyMoms…

UNITED STATES

California

Sacramento 1

Massachusetts

Ashland 1

Holliston 6

Hudson 4

Medway 1

Worcester 2

New York

Scarsdale 1

Stony Brook 1

Rhode Island

Newport 1

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria  2

ITALY

Rome, Italy     3

When you buy a book you represent your area. Let’s see where all the ButterflyMoms live!!! :)! This is FUN! To buy your copy Click here now…http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

PPS Lots of LOVE being sent to the ButterflyMoms of Wisconsin! :)!

LOOKING FOR YOUR “ELLIOTT”

Good Morning Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

On my way driving home from doing one of my favorite things on this planet, teaching Portuguese to the most fabulous kids at the Hudson Portuguese Club in Hudson, I stopped at Starbucks to get my hot chocolate fix. Freezing cold nights feel much better with a sweet hot chocolate warming my hands and my taste buds! I stopped at the one in Marlborough. There is something very magical there. This time I came across a beautiful man named Elliott. I asked for my order, “Hot chocolate, no whip, no foam….extra side of LOVE.” I LOVE saying that because it WAKES people up. They almost always repeat what I said to see if it’s true, and then they TAKE A DEEP BREATH, SMILE and you can see them CONNECT to the present. I’ve been doing it for years. I LOVE doing that, IGNITING THEIR SOULS!

Warming My Hands and My Heart

Well, Elliott, a dashing “young” man in his seventies???, overheard and made a comment about how LOVELY that request was. I knew right then and there that he needed one of my great, big, bear hugs. I asked and of course with all that love flowing on that frigid cold night he was powerless to say “no”. 😉 We sat down and talked for a few precious moments. We were both fully present. He talked about his wife and how even after decades of marriage every day he felt like she was his Valentine. He said he knew it sounded corny but he felt it deep in his heart. If you looked into his eyes you knew it to be true. I shared my story about how Sophia led me to ButterflyMoms and invited him to come read it with the rest of us every Friday. I know he is not a Mom but it just felt right.

One of the most beautiful things about this is that my seven year old daughter Mialotta was with me and was a witness to this simple connection between two “strangers”.  Why do I put STRANGERS in quotes? Well, all of us our connected by the same life force that helps spring *POP* out of winter every year, that whispers to a blade of grass to grow, grow, grow. There is no “to do” list to worry about or run ragged TRYING to keep up with, it just happens, naturally, effortlessly, always on its schedule. This intelligent life force, no matter WHAT you call it, exists. Each person on this planet is part of that. YOU are connected to EVERYONE! What Mialotta and I experienced with Elliott was magical because it felt like we were totally coming from that core connection, even as “strangers”. I felt as if I had known him forever………. 😉 So, Elliott, if you did decide to come to ButterflyMoms this week for a visit, I thoroughly enjoyed our meeting and hope that we share many more of them!

Look For YOUR Elliott this week...in whatever form he shows up!

So this week Beautiful ButterflyMoms, keep an eye out for YOUR Elliott this week. The ONLY way to see them is to BE IN THE PRESENT. LIVE (even if it’s just a few moments) IN YOUR PRESENT.

Great big honkin’ hugs to YOU!

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

ButterflyMoms founder…YAY!

ButterflyMoms Founder, Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 🙂

PS  It has been two weeks since my dream got delivered to me, the book I helped write called “Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire”!!! I sold ZERO books last week which was a little disheartening. If you have been meaning to buy yours please do! My goal is to sell at least 300 in 2011. The people who have read it love it. I sign every book and wrap it with lots of love! You never know what magic comes to you when you create magic for others! To order now go to http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Here is where the books have gone to ButterflyMoms…

UNITED STATES

California

Sacramento 1

Massachusetts

Holliston 5

Hudson 4

Worcester 2

New York

Long Island 1

Rhode Island

Newport 1

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria  2

ITALY

Rome, Italy     3

When you buy a book you represent your area. Let’s see where all the ButterflyMoms live!!! :)! This is FUN! http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Life Lesson 1,486: LEARN ASK FOR HELP!

Thank you Leslie Santos-Terras for this beautiful photo of her daughters! THIS PHOTO SAYS IT ALL!

Heartfelt Greetings ButterflyMoms Community,

This is Helen Bannigan here, writing a “guest blog” this week.  I come to you as a fellow fan and friend of ButterflyMoms founder, Maria Salomão-Schmidt, to ask for your help on behalf of Maria and her family.

I have known Maria for – egads – about 20 years now and we have shared our joys and sorrows throughout our respective journeys.  I’ve been enraptured to witness the miracles revealing themselves as Maria reaches out to so many people through ButterflyMoms:  touching lives, uplifting spirits, and “igniting souls” (as per Maria’s life mission – “being the fire that ignites people’s souls”).

The Salomão-Schmidt family is going through some very challenging financial difficulties – temporary and eventually surmountable – but currently the source of much worry and heartache. As Maria and I were discussing options, solutions, I suggested writing to the ButterflyMoms community to ask for help. Maria’s immediate thought was “I’m not sure if that’s appropriate”. My immediate thought was “I can’t think of anything more appropriate”.

Maria is a rare soul that strives to be receptive to the many lessons that life has to offer. As Maria has touched so many of you in unique and wonderful ways, I hope you will join me in helping Maria accept the gift of Charity. This is a tough one, as it requires telling the ego to take a hike (“what will people think”?) and living in a state of humility. I believe that Maria is up to the task ;  )

The Salomão-Schmidt Family 🙂

Some of you may know that ButterflyMoms was created to honor the spirit of her baby girl, Sophia, who is now with the angels, taken to them at the ripe young age of 13 months.  This community has allowed Maria to keep aligned with her life purpose and to keep connected to beautiful Sophia – something for which Maria is profoundly grateful.

Aside from supporting 4 kids (including alimony payments), the family is struggling with Doug’s (Maria’s husband) prednisone and chemo treatments for an auto-immune disease and the effects of that, being unjustly sued by a former business partner in their dry cleaning business, dealing with the fallout from the sub-prime crisis in their real estate business, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

We have conveniently set up a PayPal option here on this page to donate to the Salomão-Schmidt family in their time of need.  You may also send a check directly to Maria Salomão-Schmidt to: 783 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746.

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO DONATE (not the image): http://bit.ly/gQvRJz.

If donating money doesn’t feel right to you at this moment, please consider helping spread the word on one of the families many efforts to support their lovely family – all initiatives that were lovingly created in their tireless effort to make the world a better place and champion a sense of civility and community:

Here’s how you can also help:

1.  The Book…. ”Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire” is discounted to $19.99 for ButterflyMoms (down from $25).  You’ll find Maria’s passion and insight wonderful food for the entrepreneurial soul – buy a copy and recommend to your online friends. Click here to buy, and post the link on your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.: 

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO BUY THE BOOK (not the image): http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.

2.  Healing…. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from some soulful shifting, either body-wise or life-wise, Maria can help. Awesome discounts here too, and life-changing results. Email Maria for details: maria@butterflymoms.com.

3.  A Home…. Brick House Realty is the main way Maria and Doug support their family. It’s an entrepreneurial venture she’s been doing for 10 years. She started it because she saw that a lot of real estate did not involve any heart or soul, and of course Maria is all about that and more. If you, or someone you know, is looking for “just the right” home in MA (or elsewhere, Maria can refer you to an agent), email: maria@brickhouserealty.com.

4.  Dry Cleaning…. Maria and Doug own “Doug Sent Me Cleaners” (catchy name, eh?) at 783 Washington Street in downtown Holliston, right on Route 16. They are the only green cleaners in town and the price is right.  In line with their value-system, they offer a family-safe product at a good price. Email Doug or Maria at: dougsentmecleaners@hotmail.com

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With loving kindness and gratitude to you all,

Helen Bannigan

One of the original ButterflyMoms

Rome, Italy

www.helenbannigan.com

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